I know, I know, we all say this around this time of year, but how is it already February? It seems like it was New Years Day just a week ago!
With New Year's resolutions lingering in the back of your mind, I’m sure you’re feeling the pressure to actually work on those goals and make those changes to your lifestyle you’ve dreamed on implementing.
These pressures you feel can morph into anxiety, which can severely impact your life. While I am certainly not a medical professional, I do deal with anxiety on a daily basis, and boy, I do know how challenging it is to remain grounded and productive.
With all of that said, here are 4 tips I’ve picked up on managing your anxiety while chipping away at your goals.
Stay grounded (aka get out of your head and into your body)
A lot of my anxiety arises from thinking about the future and worrying about the things that could happen. I get lost in my thoughts. I lose track of reality.
To combat this, I’ve found that you just need to get out of your head. The cycle of jumping from anxious thought to anxious thought creates a gigantic unconquerable anxiety monster in your mind. An easy way I found to get out of my head is to bring my attention to my body and my senses. What do you currently smell, hear, feel, and see? Asking these questions to yourself will ground you and slow down your racing mind.
Take it one task/step/day at a time
Building off the previous tip, something to help soothe your anxiety is by taking it one task/day/step at a time. I know that overwhelming feeling all too well when you have an important task at hand that seems impossible to accomplish.
Here, the key is to break that massive task down into more manageable pieces so that you feel like you have control over the situation. So, for example, if one of your New Years resolutions is to lose 30lbs by July, create a timeline of smaller more achievable goals to help you achieve that ultimate goal. Create a workout routine and meal-prepping schedule.
Fuel your body right!
Yeah, I know, every blog post about mental health has this tip, but I swear this is an important one! You are what you eat, literally. I’ve found that consuming sugar and caffeine actually heightens my anxiety (I get the shakes and my heart rate increases). When I consume unprocessed, whole foods while supplementing with superfoods, my body and mind feel more at ease making me a whole lot more productive.
Do something that feeds your soul
What I mean by this is, schedule time to have fun! You only live once (cliché, I know), but what’s the point of life is you aren’t having fun every once in a while?
When you feed your soul by doing something that brings you joy, you often gain a new perspective on your current situation. Things don’t seem that serious, or that bad.
Sometimes, all you need is a little confidence boost that you can get things done, and what better way to feel confident than through doing something you love.
That’s all I have, folks! Life is full of pressures, but you have to remember that you’re the one in the driver’s seat. You are in control, and often times it just takes a bit of recalibration to ease your anxiety.